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01-16-2013, 03:42 PM


IT’S ON! Mavericks Invitational 2012-2013 Presented By GoPro
Big Wave Surf Contest Scheduled For This Sunday, January 20, 2013
HALF MOON BAY, CA (January 16, 2013) – Contest organizers and officials for the
Mavericks Invitational 2012-2013 Presented By GoPro, have confirmed that the world’s
premier big wave surf contest will take place this Sunday, January 20, 2013 in Pillar
Point, Half Moon Bay, CA.

Mavericks Invitational Contest Director Jeff Clark stated, “The waves are going to be
insane, the weather is going to be beautiful, and the level of surfing will break new

This is the first time in three years that contest-worthy waves are headed to the
legendary surf break. Stormsurf forecaster Mark Sponsler stated, “This is looking like
the best opportunity we've had in quite a few years with great conditions for running the

Competitor and surfers’ representative, Shawn Dollar stated, “This swell is going to offer
huge waves and possibly perfect conditions. This is a very powerful swell, and we will
have dramatic conditions that will push the competitors to their limits. Sunday is going to
beautiful and very scary at times. I look forward to seeing plenty of glory rides!”

For public safety, local authorities from San Mateo County Sheriff, California Parks,
CHP, San Mateo County Harbor District and other participating agencies will close off all
roads to Pillar Point, including access to the beach and bluffs.

In order to get the full experience of the contest, officials have organized “The Mavericks
Invitational Festival,” an outdoor event to will be held on the grounds of the Oceano
Hotel & Spa at Princeton Harbor, located on the road to Mavericks and across from Jeff
Clark’s legendary Mavericks Surf Shop.

The Mavericks Invitational Festival starts at 8 a.m. just as the first heat of the contest
starts. The festival will run all day with a live steam of all the contest action. Festival
goers will enjoy a day of music, live commentary, food, the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden,
Grind Out Hunger Skate Park, Mavericks Gallery of Photography, and an opportunity to
mingle with competitors. As soon as the final heat is complete, all the action on the
water will move to the Festival, where the surfers will gather for the Awards Ceremony.

The event wraps up at sunset.

Tickets to the festival are available online at MavericksInvitational.com, and range from
$10 for general admission, and go up to $1,000 for VIP passes. Tickets can also be
purchased at the door on Sunday for $20, until the event is sold out. Fans can also
watch the live webcast of the contest at www.MavericksInvitational.com.

Event parking is located at the Half Moon Bay Airport, within walking distance of the
Festival. Proceeds from the parking benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside.
Additionally, Bike Works Half Moon Bay is providing free bike valet. If you come to town
for the day, all highway and nearby parking will be closed. You can pay to park at the
airport that day or buy your parking pass online.
Supporting sponsors of the Mavericks Invitational 2012-2013 Presented By GoPro, are:
Mavericks Surf Shop, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and 1st to Know.

The Mavericks Invitational Festival is sponsored by: The Oceano Hotel & Spa, Red Bull,
Sam’s Chowder House, Crab Landing Seafood & Steakhouse, Village Pizza, Bike Works
Half Moon Bay, Grind Out Hunger, Clif Bar and Save the Waves.

The Competitors

Matt Ambrose
Ryan Augenstein
Grant “Twiggy” Baker
Chris Bertish
Carlos Burle
Ken “Skindog” Collins
Shane Desmond
Shawn Dollar
Shane Dorian
Nathan Fletcher
Mark Healey
Rusty Long
Greg Long
Alex Martins
Peter Mel
Ryan Seelbach
Kelly Slater
Tyler Smith
Jamie Sterling
Anthony Tashnick
Grant Washburn
Dave Wassel
Ben Wilkinson
Zach Wormhoudt


1. Tyler Fox (Santa Cruz)
2. Josh Loya (Santa Cruz)
3. Colin Dwyer (Pacifica)
4. Nic Lamb (Santa Cruz)
5. Danilo Couto (Brazil)
6. Derek Dunfee (San Diego)
7. Ben Andrews (San Francisco)
8. Andrew Marr (South Africa)
9. Travis Payne (Pacifica)
10. Ion Banner (Half Moon Bay)
11. Kohl Christensen (Hawaii)
12. Shawn Rhodes (Pacifica)
13. Mike Gerhardt (Santa Cruz)
14. Garret McNamara (Hawaii)
15. Russel Smith (Santa Cruz)
16. Jamie Mitchel (Australia)
17. Frank Solomon (South Africa)


Charlie Tuna
01-20-2013, 10:55 AM
No swell, no Kelly, no bueno.

Buzz Light Beer
01-20-2013, 11:07 AM
I thought JC had a better grip on his forecasts.

war dog
01-20-2013, 07:21 PM
Who won the finals?

01-20-2013, 09:50 PM
In yet a new rendition of the fabled Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest, the grand prize goes to the 6 finalists.


Although Peter Mel of Santa Cruz used his near 2 decades of surfing the break to his advantage, picking up the scraps, as it were and positioning himself to be at the right place at the right time to drop in on some nuggets, the $50,000.00 prize was shared by the 6 finalists, 1st Peter Mel, 2nd Zach Wormhoudt, 3rd Greg Long, 4th Alex Martins, 5th Mark Healey, 6th Shawn Dollar, as has become tradition.


The weather along the San Mateo Coast could not have been nicer for January, and this year, to be on the water was the place to be. The sets arrived slowly and as low tide near noon finally arrived, the pace quickend. Slightly. The long period, (20 second) swell
cam and went in spates, making chosing a ridable wave, any wave important. It became clear early on that exiting your heat with a goose egg was quite possible, and scratching and clawing was needed if you wished to advance!



The heats, 45 minutes in length we often spent in what appeared to a floating social, rudely interrupted by a surge of adrenaline filled madness as 6 guys clawed for favored position and hopefully a drop with the board under you and not chasing you!




On shore, the crowds of spectators were ushered into the "Festival Grounds", aka the parking lot of the Oceana Hotel where the could view the large screen, when it worked, purchase food and drink and souvenirs, after paying the entry fee. The more adventurous took to the air, sea and sought out vistas from afar, as the beach and bluff were verboten to the general public.


The coasties were out in force, making sure all were safe, as David Wilhite shows here,
getting a FREE courtesy exam.


Of course having your own vessel does have it's benefits, especially with temps in the high 60's and low 70s and lots of sunshine. Go Pro was the primary sponsor, and you can expect heaps of stills and videos from lots of interesting angles in the days to come. The broadcast was overwhelmed by the sheer mass of interested parties from around the world, but you can be sure in future events those bugs and bandwith issues will be resolved. All in all it was a fine day to head to the coast, slow down traffic and be in relatively close proximity to the West Coast's biggest wave action.

But truth be told, you can get a LOT closer when there is no contest. Go figure!

All images courtesy http://mavericksinvitational.com/, go there and check it out!

01-25-2013, 06:06 PM

Last weekend, Chris MacAskill, Ivan Makarov, Kevin Harrington and Michael Bonocore from SmugMug were invited to shoot the Mavericks Invitational Big Wave Surf tournament from a boat cruising right off of the famed - and dangerous - Mavericks surf break, a world-famous big wave break located one-half mile off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California. Armed with enough photography equipment to make @Borrow Lenses jealous, the team came away with footage of some of the world's best surfers, plus an awesome slow motion, action-packed movie of the competition as well. We hope you like it as much as they enjoyed making it!

Video By Michael Bonocore and Chris MacAskill
Video Editing By Chris MacAskill
Photos By Ivan Makarov, Michael Bonocore

01-30-2013, 11:24 AM


01-30-2013, 11:37 AM